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    My pug Murusa is a RUNNER. She walks every morning for about 15-30 minutes and the same at night. I usually walk her for about 10 at lunch.

    But she is a RUNNER. If she could have her way, she would run for hours… not in a yard or in circles, i mean in a gallop! We've taken 30 minute runs, of course with sufficient water. I can go skateboarding with her and every 5 minutes I pull out my squishy bowl, fill it with cold water and she drinks, and she continues running. I also put water on her chest and forearms to keep her cool.

    I swear she loves to run in full gallop. This past week we've taken to letting her run for 2-3 miles. I'm never dragging her or forcing her to do so. She's always next to me or behind me… Sometimes she's in front of me, but I try to keep her at my side.

    She's 4 months old. Is this typical for a pug to want to run so much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunkdawg View Post
    My pug Murusa is a RUNNER. She walks every morning for about 15-30 minutes and the same at night. I usually walk her for about 10 at lunch.

    But she is a RUNNER. If she could have her way, she would run for hours… not in a yard or in circles, i mean in a gallop! We've taken 30 minute runs, of course with sufficient water. I can go skateboarding with her and every 5 minutes I pull out my squishy bowl, fill it with cold water and she drinks, and she continues running. I also put water on her chest and forearms to keep her cool.

    I swear she loves to run in full gallop. This past week we've taken to letting her run for 2-3 miles. I'm never dragging her or forcing her to do so. She's always next to me or behind me… Sometimes she's in front of me, but I try to keep her at my side.

    She's 4 months old. Is this typical for a pug to want to run so much?
    My pug Winston (1,5 years) is a runner too. He can run for an hour straight. His mother is the same way, so it's not unique.

    However, I would strongly advice you not to do this kind of excercise with that young a puppy. Her joints are still growing. Also, there is a significant risk that she will develop stress, which may remain with her for life. A puppy of 4 months doesn't need excercise as such. Short walks are enough. The rest should be running or playing freely as she chooses. She is far too young for skateboarding or jogging. Wait until she's about a year.

    Congrats on getting an energetic pug! They are the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellas View Post
    My pug Winston (1,5 years) is a runner too. He can run for an hour straight. His mother is the same way, so it's not unique.

    However, I would strongly advice you not to do this kind of excercise with that young a puppy. Her joints are still growing. Also, there is a significant risk that she will develop stress, which may remain with her for life. A puppy of 4 months doesn't need excercise as such. Short walks are enough. The rest should be running or playing freely as she chooses. She is far too young for skateboarding or jogging. Wait until she's about a year.

    Congrats on getting an energetic pug! They are the best.
    Thanks! I'll keep our walks shorter and not let her exert so much energy by running for such a long distance. Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunkdawg View Post
    Thanks! I'll keep our walks shorter and not let her exert so much energy by running for such a long distance. Thanks for the info!
    You are welcome! You can increase the amount of excercise as she grows. At about six months, she'll be ready for somewhat longer walks. At 1 years of age, she'll be fully grown. If she remains this energetic, I highly recommend trying dog agility. Both my pugs do it and they love it. They're also surprisingly good.

    Just to clarify my first post. I didn't mean that you should not bring Marusa places. Socialising is, as you probably know, very important. So it's a good idea to introduce her to different environments and people.

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    Homer is a runner too - or I should say road runner beep beep! ;) Of course not when is hot, but he loves to run when it's cool outside. I even teach him "run" command - it's so funny, because first I say Homer stop! so he got's back near my leg and stares at me getting ready to run - so he prepares himself too and when I say run! he goes as fast as road runner.
    Oh and when he's of the leash in some safe place he runs all the time in diferent directions but he's keeping the distance to us always checking where we are.
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    i would worry about overheating from too much running, but if your baby seems fine, I guess that isn't so much an issue. What about one of those back pack thingys you can put on a dog and put a couple of water bottles in? Supposed to wear them out sooner! lol.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MuShu Mom View Post
    i would worry about overheating from too much running, but if your baby seems fine, I guess that isn't so much an issue. What about one of those back pack thingys you can put on a dog and put a couple of water bottles in? Supposed to wear them out sooner! lol.
    She has a backpack now and i fill it with rocks. We walk slower now and she feels she has a job! I let her run around the yard and house in "playtime" and a block or two of running to limit her so she doesn't get hurt.

    thanks all
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuShu Mom View Post
    i would worry about overheating from too much running, but if your baby seems fine, I guess that isn't so much an issue. What about one of those back pack thingys you can put on a dog and put a couple of water bottles in? Supposed to wear them out sooner! lol.
    I have to emphatically disagree with this statement. Overheating is always an issue with pugs, but puppies should not be treated like adult dogs. Their bodies are still developing. For them to grow, they do need to be able to move around and use their muscles. However, they should NOT do heavy excercise such as jogging or dog agility. Just as you would not send a 3 year old child to the gym, you do not make a small puppy carry weights. You have to be careful with growing joints. If you don't believe me, please consult any reputable orthopedic vet.

    That was just the physical side. Modern research also shows that making a puppy excercise, even by taking walks of more than 15 minutes per day, causes adrenal stress. Once the body has began overproducing cortisol, which happens quickly in puppies, it may become a lifelong issue! A puppy once stressed, may never be the same. So to prevent longterm problems with stress, it is important to be very careful with small puppies. They do need to be socialized, but they should not be excercised, nor be allowed to play themselves into too much of a frenzy.

    When thinking about this, it can help to remember that wolf cubs, our dogs's ancestors, don't even leave the den until they are several months old. And even when they do, they mostly hang around the den for a good while, playing with each other. They don't go on treks, much less on hunts. So cubs and puppies at 4 months are not programmed to need excercise. At 6 months, a puppy's need for challenges and a change of scenery grows. You can start taking longer walks. But any hard excercise such as jogging, agility and carrying a pack should wait until he is fully grown at about 1 years of age.

    In Marusa's case, the running can even be a sign that she is already suffering some adrenal stress. So for her sake, and your own, take it easy. Having a permanently stressy dog is no picnic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunkdawg View Post
    She has a backpack now and i fill it with rocks. We walk slower now and she feels she has a job! I let her run around the yard and house in "playtime" and a block or two of running to limit her so she doesn't get hurt.

    thanks all
    I think 4 months is much too young to be hauling rocks in her pack pack shes still a baby. When my friend trains her dogs for weight pull, they only pull their harness attached to nothing for months while they are puppies. So if I were you id loose the rocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Leenie* View Post
    I think 4 months is much too young to be hauling rocks in her pack pack shes still a baby. When my friend trains her dogs for weight pull, they only pull their harness attached to nothing for months while they are puppies. So if I were you id loose the rocks
    I agree! 4 months seems much too young to be bearing that much extra weight.... she is still growing!
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